Articles by Neal Soldofsky

Chinese Taking Over Virtual World

Chinese Taking Over Virtual World

Los Gatos-based Cryptic Studios had some gaming geeks miffed after it was announced that the company was being sold to Perfect World, a large gaming company run out of China. Silicon Valley’s title as birthplace and home to many of the world’s biggest gaming companies could become a thing of the past.

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Everyone Will Play Video Games in the Future

Everyone Will Play Video Games in the Future

The manner in which art, theory and commerce are colliding in the gaming industry will change our relationship with technology, entertainment and the imaginary.

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Book Review: ‘Deus Ex Machina’

Book Review: ‘Deus Ex Machina’

Reality TV deserves more than our rapt attention and our mockery. It deserves our most serious reflection, as well. I realized this fact halfway into reading the ambitious and upsetting new novel “Deus Ex Machina” by San Jose’s Andrew Foster Altschul,

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Reality Is Broken

Reality Is Broken

Computer games are perhaps the greatest escapist medium ever created, and in her new book, “Reality Is Broker,” futurist and author Jane McGonigal makes the case that they satisfy basic emotional needs that reality currently doesn’t.

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Overconnected

Overconnected

Silicon Valley venture capitalist William H. Davidow’s new book, “Overconnected: The Promise and Threat of the Internet” (Delphinium Books; $27.95 hardback), aims to show that the Internet has fundamentally changed the world,

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Steven Johnson

Steven Johnson

Steven Johnson looks at the brain as a kind of environment, an ecosystem of information and associations. He shows how in the history of good ideas, great minds have thrived in communities of intellectuals communicating openly.

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